1 Kings 17:1-7, “And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, ‘As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.’ Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.’ So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”
When the struggles of life come, who is there for you? Who cares about you in ways that no one else does? Who makes sure that there is water to drink and food to eat? God does. God is our provider. God always brings what we need and even some things that we want because He is our God and our provisions come from Him.
In the time of Elijah, there was a large drought. A drought that was so bad, the only way that it would be reversed is by a word from Elijah and Elijah would have needed a word from God. This drought was a teaching tool that was used by God for Ahab and his people. God gave specific instructions to Elijah on where he should go during this drought. Elijah was to be near the Brook Cherith that flows into the Jordan River. This was a large source of water so that Elijah had fresh water to drink. God’s choice of food delivery was the unusual part though. Elijah got food delivered by ravens.
Meat and bread from ravens. Talk about innovative. Every morning and every evening Elijah received his food this way. This occurred until the brook dried up due to the lack of rain. God made sure that Elijah’s basic needs were cared for in an area where people were starving and dehydrating. God was there for Elijah.
This is true for the “famines” that we go through as well. God makes sure that we have what we need to survive. We have food to eat and water to drink. We can trust that God is there to give us what we need. It may not be fancy but look at Elijah; he got food from birds. At least we don’t have food delivered by bird. We have grocery stores for that. We rely on God for all that we have.
No matter what stage of life you are in, know that God is there for you. He is there to meet your needs. His plans are never meant to make us suffer. He blesses us with more than we need. His plans will not always include everything that we want but that is okay. It is more than okay. Ultimately, would we really want a God that always gives you what you want? Sounds more like a genie than God. God has a plan and knows what we need before we ask. Let God be the provider of all that we have. It is all His, after all.
We know that You know us. We know that You know our thoughts. We ask that You meet our needs daily. You are a God that has no limits. You are a God that gives from the increase that You have. All that we is Yours. Help us to appreciate all that we receive from You and never feel that You are not our provider. Help us through the good times and the bad times in our lives. We love You and need You very much.
In Your name we pray,